My Satellite has generally VERY WEAK and very unstable connections to wireless. Only if I am right next to a very strong hub does the signal remain strong and intact - and even then it may cut out every 20-30 minutes. In my house 5 of us use the wireless and everyone else is just fine, but mine again only works very near the hub - and again with breaks (often meaning downloads have to be restarted, etc.)
I am using the Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG hardware and have downloaded the latest drivers and have set the power use to maximum. I'm not 100% sure about the other settings. I have enabled throughput enhancement. Should I maximize roaming aggressiveness? Should I purchase an external USB wireless adaptor?
I would see if buying a cheapy PCMIA wireless card and trying that out.
It sounds like your wireless card might be screwed up. And there are so many things that can interfere with those things. They are kind of finicky.
Definitely look into getting a PCMIA or USB wireless device and try it out. I personally wouldn't buy something that was pricey and would try and get something reasonable. REMEMBER 802.11 is backwards compatible (G is compatible with B AND A) so you don't necessarily need the newest greatest thing.
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Had same problem - said signal weak although strong on other devices, and hung on authenticating. Cordless phone on base unit was beside wireless router. Moved unit and turned off phone. Problem disappeared, and signal showed strong.
We found Linksys wifi units to be unusable a few years ago. I had a stack of them that the wifi had died or was unstable or short ranged and none of these were more than a year old. They have had quality problems for about 5 years. Tech support is handled overseas and consists of them reading off of cheat cards. If you get through to a tech you will find them not to understand any technical jargon and once not even normal non technical english.
Our "fix" (and what I'd reccomend if you want to avoidl headaches) was to yank out all remaining Linksys units and replace with a different brand. We didn't see any difference with the models, they all failed in some way. I don't know what happened to the company but they used to have a very good product. They don't have that now.
Have you checked with your ISP on the strength and consistency of the signal before troubleshooting the router. If you're having problems with the wired connection, I would first try connecting directly to the modem to make sure you have a strong signal.
Let me know if you have a strong signal directly from the modem. We can troubleshoot the wireless router once we ensure the signal from the modem is good.
If you are using the supplied Acer program to setup your wireless, I would suggest removing the program. In most cases, removing their software does not remove the drivers, and thus, Windows Zero Configuration will take over the wireless.
WZC, in my opinion, works very reliably and has solved this type of issue in the past, although it is not the only reason for disconnects. For instance; a weak signal and a lot of interference from neighboring networks can cause your wireless to become unstable.
If this doesn't fix your connection issue, you may have an issue with the wireless card itself.
Signal strength is varies depend on your position,
Hardware type, wireless provider line-of-sight (how
many obstacles that blocking the signal), and other
Make sure you connect to the same wireless spot.
Or at least go to places with wireless spots and compare
If you never have a strong signal from at least 5 different spots
(make sure you check it's the top 5 best spots you find,
ask others who connect to the spot also to make sure)
then you go to your repair shop and ask them why.
But, if you at least have 1 strong signal then
your spot just having a weak transmission.